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Skip James

1902 - 1969

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Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. AllMusic stated: "Coupling an oddball guitar tuning set against eerie, falsetto vocals, James' early recordings could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck."His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor-key sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Skip James has received more than 491,000 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Skip James is the 1,362nd most popular musician (down from 1,215th in 2019), the 6,767th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,990th in 2019) and the 519th most popular American Musician.

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  • 46.32

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.72

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.66

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Skip James ranks 1,362 out of 2,662Before him are Kee Marcello, Yuri Bashmet, Utada Hikaru, Emppu Vuorinen, Tony Carey, and Bart Berman. After him are Chuck Mangione, Jay Kay, Buddy DeFranco, Matthias Reim, Dan Hartman, and Esbjörn Svensson.

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Among people born in 1902, Skip James ranks 232Before him are Will Geer, Jesús Bermúdez, Alexander Abusch, Francisco Martínez Soria, Felisberto Hernández, and Bronisław Kaper. After him are Tor Johnson, Leopold Lindtberg, Kustaa Pihlajamäki, Nikolaus Pevsner, Mario Magnozzi, and Toivo Loukola. Among people deceased in 1969, Skip James ranks 162Before him are Leonardo Cilaurren, Albert Hill, Margarita Xirgu, Friedrich von Huene, Frederick Lane, and Moisés Solana. After him are Mildred Davis, Stratis Myrivilis, Eero Berg, Corneliu Robe, Veli Saarinen, and Barton MacLane.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Skip James ranks 6,767 out of 18,182Before him are Alan Tudyk (1971), Ellsworth Huntington (1876), Dell Hymes (1927), Tom McCarthy (1966), Dennis Russell Davies (1944), and Michael Brandon (1945). After him are George Underwood (1884), Rex Cawley (1940), Chuck Mangione (1940), Elizabeth Berkley (1972), Mickey Marcus (1901), and Billy Barty (1924).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Skip James ranks 519Before him are George Jones (1931), Nils Lofgren (1951), Nick Jonas (1992), Duane Eddy (1938), Utada Hikaru (1983), and Tony Carey (1953). After him are Chuck Mangione (1940), Buddy DeFranco (1923), Dan Hartman (1950), Dizzy Reed (1963), Timothy B. Schmit (1947), and Darryl Jones (1961).